NIACE calls for renewed policy dialogue on inspection

8 May 2012

NIACE welcomes the proposals focussing on the quality of teaching and learning in its recently submitted response to Ofsted’s consultation – A good education for all – but calls for a renewed policy dialogue on inspection.

NIACE’s main concern is the proposal for no notice inspections, which could potentially disadvantage providers who work effectively in the community.┬áNIACE is keen that Ofsted addresses some of the fundamental issues identified by NIACE’s members and calls for inspection to recognise that learning that meets the needs of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable learners needs to continue to be met at a time of rapid change.

Penny Lamb, NIACE Head of Policy Development, said:

“Changes from Government Departments and from Public Service Reform are impacting on providers and the needs of learners. Now is the time for providers, community leaders and Ofsted to join together and decide how to evidence that community needs are being met in the most appropriate way. Ofsted has a critical role in this.”